Italy to play Argentina in Europe-South America title game

Filed on September 28, 2021
Copa America champions Argentina will take on Euro 2020 winners Italy. (Agencies)

Naples' Diego Maradona Stadium has been suggested as a possible venue

European champions Italy will play Copa America winners Argentina next year, helping their governing bodies Uefa and CONMEBOL build closer ties amid power struggles with Fifa over the future of football.

Uefa confirmed plans on Tuesday to stage the first of three planned editions of the inter-continental game in June at a venue to be confirmed.

Naples has been suggested as a possible venue in the stadium now named for Argentina great Diego Maradona.

Maradona became an icon in the city for helping Napoli win their only two Serie A titles in 1987 and 1990.

“The agreement reached by the two organisations currently covers three editions of this match between the respective continental winners,” Uefa said in a statement, adding the deal includes “opening of a joint office in London.”

Uefa and CONMEBOL are defending the traditional four-yearly schedule of their continental championships and the World Cup from a Fifa-driven plan to play the World Cup every two years.

They have warned of European and South American teams boycotting a biennial World Cup if Fifa gets the plan approved by its 211 member federations.

Every World Cup since the first edition in 1930 has been won by a European or South American nation. The two continents have provided every semifinalist in the past four editions.

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